Over the years I’ve become fondly in love with Meatloaf recipes. I love to really season the meat mixture to create a delicious, juicy, and a very tasty meatloaf. I have yet to convince my picky eater of this, but I have been known to form patties out of the meatloaf mixture and grill then serve on a toasted bun. He hasn’t figured out my little secret…yet!
I am participating in Freaky Friday and it’s so fun! Freaky Friday is a blog hop where a group of fantastic and creative food bloggers get together and make each other's recipes. It's so fun and I hope you will hop on over to the other blogs and check out some amazing recipes.
I’m excited to share this recipe with you, it was created by my friend Julie at Hostess at Heart and I wanted to make it too! Julie has created some amazing recipes all Family Friendly Recipes too. I hope you will give her website some love and check out her recipes too.
Before I dive into telling you more about Julie, I want to make sure I share with you all the tips and tricks to making this Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe. It’s really easy and I even have a fun tip to keep your hands from getting messy too!
Ground Pork vs Ground Sausage
This recipe requires ground pork. For those of you wondering, ground pork is different than ground pork sausage. So don’t be confused. If you have problems finding it at your local grocery store make sure to ask the butcher. They can help you!
Another tidbit is that this recipe will first sauté the onions before adding to the mixture. Many meatloaf recipes will add raw onions to the meat. I love how the sautéed onions work in this recipe. It’s worth doing this extra step.
Making Meatloaf Step by Step
Let me show you how I made Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf without getting my hands messy! I use my Bosch Mixer with my cookie paddles. WHAT? Yes! It’s a tip trick I’ve been doing for years and years and love it. Now there is nothing wrong with using your hands and sometimes it’s the perfect task for the younger chefs in the kitchen while they help you. But for me, it’s perfect.
There is no need to over mix the ingredients, in fact doing so tends to create a much more dense meatloaf. You only need to combine ingredients and it’s best if ingredients are room temperature.
What is a Bosch Mixer?
This is a great question as I have been asked it many times. Bosch is a brand name that makes a stand mixer to make and mix all kinds of things. I've been using a Bosch since I was very little, which means I've been using one for decades. Take a look at this post and tells you why I love my Bosch Mixer!
How to make Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
Start by sautéing diced onions in olive oil over medium-high heat for a few minutes until onions become transparent. Add minced or crushed garlic and cook with onions for 1 minute before removing from heat.
Place 1 lb of ground sirloin and 1 lb ground pork into a large bowl or stand mixer. Add bread crumbs, eggs, ½ cup barbeque sauce, parmesan cheese, sautéed onions and garlic and seasonings. Oregano, Salt, and Pepper.
Mix and combine ingredients until evenly distributed and mixed together. But remember, no need to over mix.
Dice Cheddar Cheese into cubes and fold into meat mixture.
This recipe makes a large batch, 2 loaves. You can easily freeze one loaf before baking for later which I do recommend.
Shape into 2 loaves and place on baking sheet or broiler pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Baking 1 large loaf can take longer. Then use a pastry brush, brush the outside with remaining BBQ Sauce and bake for another 5 minutes.
As with any meats, allowing it to rest helps to keep juices in. Allow meatloaf to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Internal Temperature should reach 165 degrees.
You can test the internal temperature with a Thermoworks Thermopen. I have had a number of quick read thermometers over the years and let me tell you they all fail in comparison to the MK4 Thermopen.
Meatloaf can be served with additional BBQ Sauce if desired.
This recipe called for 85/15% ground beef. I choose to use 93/7% lean ground beef and found the pork gave plenty of extra fat for flavor that I think it was good decision. But feel free to use what you are most comfortable with.
Parmesan Cheese: Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese can be substituted for Powder Parmesan Cheese.
Bread Crumbs: I, like Julie, prefer Italian Bread Crumbs. A Plain Bread Crumb or even Panko Bread Crumbs work perfectly too.
Cheddar Cheese: Try an Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Tillamook makes an excellent option.
Tips and Tricks:
I recommend dicing cheddar cheese into decent size pieces. This ensures you will find melted cheese mixed throughout the Meatloaf. Grating cheese tends to melt and blend in and you will never see it again. Using String Cheese can create globs of cheese. I highly recommend dicing cheese into cubes as shown.
Now, back to Julie! She has had a love for being in the kitchen from a very young age. Learning from her Grandmother and even helping her Mom out in the kitchen helping make family meals while she worked.
Her recipes, like mine, don’t require fancy ingredients. Just good home-cooked meals with great flavor! Julie has been featured in Parade Magazine, Country Living, and Buzzfeed to name a few. She’s also been named America’s Best Food Blog too!
I love Julie’s approach to recipes, “Just throw this and that together.” Of course she has found value in writing recipes down to share with her friends all over the world!
I’m excited to try her Chocolate Trifle and I’m sure it’s a winning recipe too!
The best part of all is that Julie is a real person and she takes pride in responding to her viewers, helping answering questions, or receiving feedback! Thanks, Julie for a great recipe. We loved it!
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Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
- 1 lb Ground Sirloin
- 1 lb Ground Pork
- ¾ Cup BBQ Sauce - divided
- 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ Cup Parmesean Cheese - Grated
- 1 Cup Onion - Diced
- 2 Cloves Garlic - Minced
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 6 oz White Cheddar Cheese - Cubed
- In a saucepan saute Onion in Olive Oil until cooked through. Add Garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add Ground Sirloin, Ground Pork, Bread Crumbs, Eggs, BBQ Sauce, Sauteed Onion and Garlic, Salt, Oregano, Pepper, Eggs. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix
- Dice Cheese Cubes into larger cubes and hand stir into mixture
- Form 2 loaves for easier baking
- Place on Rack on cookie sheet or use a drip pan
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes and check for internal temperature. Baste with remaining BBQ Sauce and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- Allow to sit for 3-5 mintues before slicing and serving.
Substitutions:Parmesan Cheese: Fresh grated Parmesan cheese can be substituted for Powder Parmesan Cheese. Bread Crumbs: I, like Julie, prefer Italian Bread Crumbs. A Plain Bread Crumb or even Panko Bread Crumbs work perfectly too. Cheddar Cheese: Try an Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Tillamook makes an excellent option. Thermoworks Thermopen
All nutrition values are approximate and calculated by a plugin and are provided as a courtesy. Adding or subtracting ingredients will change the nutritional value.